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After years of experience in the construction industry with his family business, Marcus Gillam and his partner Joel Parke ventured out on their own and started Gillam Group. Founded in 2011, Gillam Group is a construction...

Gillam Group Inc. (GGI) may have only been incorporated in April 2011, but the construction management company represents the culmination of decades of hard work and experience on major capital projects. GGI’s founders formed the company after establishing a strong reputation in the...

GK Mechanical Inc. has been in business since 1978. The business has grown significantly over the years, all the while adapting to meet the needs of contractors and building owners throughout Alberta. Headquartered in Edmonton, GK Mechanical serves clients throughout the province with a growing...

Brampton, Ontario, numbers amongst the largest and fastest growing cities in Canada. It is also one of the country’s most diverse communities, with more than 175 ethnic backgrounds speaking over 70 different languages. In 2009 Brampton saw a need to create a space for the community to come...

Gary Graham and Sean Prewett founded Graham-Prewett Inc. (GPI) in 2001 after a series of mergers and acquisitions at their previous employers left the two wanting to work for a company more cleanly structured and service-oriented. Subsequently built from the ground up in Fresno, Calif., GPI has...

Summer 2010 - James Bazely was not a founder of Gregor Homes Ltd. – a custom-home builder operating in and around Barrie, Ontario – but he has been with the company for more than 20 years. And, after a final transaction in January of 2009, Bazely became the company’s...

Summer 2010 - In a general sense, Coulter runs GGS Structures Inc., a greenhouse building designer for the horticultural and agricultural industries, and Niagrow Systems Ltd., which creates heating systems for greenhouses. Meanwhile, Harrison is still senior management...

Steven Haab founded Haab Homes Construction Ltd. (HHC) in 2003 as a mid-sized, privately owned homebuilder to serve customers around Fort St. John, British Columbia. “I apprenticed with a long-term builder and worked for five years before striking out on my own,” says Steven, who has been in the...

Bob Hamblet started doing roofing work nearly three decades ago. “I excelled at it,” he says. “And I enjoy doing it.” Bob continued to gain knowledge and experience in the industry until striking out on his own in 1989 when he founded Hamblet’s Roofing, Siding, Windows (Hamblet’s), a residential...

Graham is a construction management company founded in 1926 that operates from 14 locations throughout Canada and the United States, all of which focus on offering integrated, innovative construction solutions for projects ranging from small building renovations to complex $500 million design-...

Few importers can hold a light to the selection found at Hari Stones Limited. The family-owned and –operated stone importer based in Burnaby, British Columbia, has been providing architects, contractors, designers, homeowners and...

For CEO Paolo Abate, making a better development means transforming apartment buildings from walled-off castles for escaping the city into social havens that connect residents with their neighborhoods. The company he founded with three others—aptly named...

Herb Lodde started out in 1964 as an independent roofer, gradually building a client base in his spare time. As the years went by, Lodde’s two sons Dave and Rob joined the company, lending a hand during summer vacation and by 1996, the team officially incorporated as...

Between December 2010 and February 2011 British Columbia experienced its most challenging winter in recent history. A frigid but fairly snowless beginning to the season was followed by massive snowfall a few months later, creating what some have described as “the perfect storm.”

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Ted and Louis Hole bought a small farm in St. Albert, Alberta, in 1952 knowing only that they wanted to build a future for the Hole family. Armed with a degree in agriculture and a strong conviction, the pair grew the farm into Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens Ltd. (HGG), one of Canada’s largest...

Summer 2010 - There is nothing quite like diving into a refreshingly icy pool on a hot and humid day, or nothing quite as relaxing as spending time in a hot tub. Hollandia Pools & Spas (Hollandia) can provide these experiences, because the company has experienced...

Holten Impex International (Holten Impex) is an established leader in the import, export and distribution of high-quality floor and wall tiles. Located in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, the company has province-wide responsibilities in distribution support and nationwide responsibilities in dealer...

Homes by Santos Construction Ltd. (Homes by Santos) is a family-owned and -operated company providing homes in the greater Edmonton area. For over 30 years Homes by Santos has provided quality crafted construction and exceptional customer service as the cornerstones of its business philosophy,...

Brad Hoover and Greg Doetzel founded Hoover Mechanical Plumbing & Heating Ltd. (HMP) in 1998 to provide clients with the complete spectrum of mechanical contracting services. Rob Purcell and Rod Sjolie, vice presidents of HMP, took the reins in April 2010, helping to establish the Alberta-...

Running a successful construction company didn’t come naturally to Rod Lindenberg, president and founder of Manitoba's Horizon Builders Ltd. (HBL). “My father really encouraged me to start my own company,” says Lindenberg. “So I took out a loan, my father chipped in some money, and my cousin...

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